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Snow Globes + Bowling

 "Life is like Friday on a soap opera. It gives you the illusion that everything is going to wrap up, and then the same old shit starts up on Monday."
Stephen King

Many of us are artists in our minds, on our canvases and in our journals. But the rest of the world may not see it that way, may not understand, may not validate your artsy endeavors. It doesn't involve asset allocations, programming reverse polish notation calculators, negotiating construction contracts, solving simultaneous equations, driving a racecar, teaching Archeology 101, meeting with subcontractors in Thailand, programming Java or analyzing serum blood levels. Maybe "they" {whoever that is to you} see it as a hobby... like collecting snow globes or perhaps bowling. They may not get the never-ending drive to create something every day. What is important is that YOU get it. YOU know that it is important. It matters. {As do snow globes and bowling.}

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Reader Comments (10)

You are wonderful Tammy!!

06.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Lagore

So, so true! I had a workman come into my home recently and he saw my studio. I had a large canvas on the easel, all my paints, papers, inks, etc. laid out on my tables and he asked, "Your hobby is painting?" And I politely answered, "No, I'm an artist." I'm sure he didn't get the distinction, but oh well.

06.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

It is wonderful that you posted this - especially for us new artists who are insatiable when it comes to creating. My problem is perfection - I enjoy the process but it rarely looks like what I'm expecting it to.

06.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Eloquent! This is such a powerful post! Thank you for the reminder!!

06.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Dube

Thank you everyone! It is crucial that we all know how important we are.

06.11.2012 | Registered Commentergypsy

Amen and Hallelujah, Tammy!! I try to equate it with "those" people into dollars *not* spent on therapy - they usually get it then, lol.

06.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Yup, yup and yup, I like that snow globes AND bowling, works for me. xox

06.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCorrine

wow. I am usually the one who says that my art is a hobby :\ I do not think of myself as an artist. Not sure why. I guess I am my own "they" ...

06.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterk. ayala

When I read this this morning I wanted to yell and shout. "Alright! You go, girl!" Yes! I cannot thank you enough for putting this out here for a reminder to some of us and an outright great statement for those who are hearing, thinking about it for the first time. More people should hear/read this. You have spoken I'm sure for many of us.

06.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

I'm fortunate that my day-job requires me to use creativity every day - more with ideas for problem solving and in relating to people who are often stressed. The weekends are mine to create what and as I like - the best of both worlds?

As for being driven to create daily, I have a grand-daughter who has been this way ever since she could make a mark - when she learned to use tape, scissors and had her own hot-glue gun she was in heaven! Destined to be an artist. No! Wait! She IS!

06.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

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